Run time: 105 mins
In Theaters: Wednesday 28th July 1999
Box Office Worldwide: $73.6M
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Production compaines: Riche-Ludwig Productions, Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Groucho III Film Partnership
Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Fresh: 51 Rotten: 40
IMDB: 5.8 / 10
Director: Renny Harlin
Starring: Thomas Jane as Carter Blake, Saffron Burrows as Dr. Susan McCallister, LL Cool J as Sherman 'Preacher' Dudley, Michael Rapaport as Tom "Scoggs" Scoggins, Samuel L. Jackson as Russell Franklin, Stellan Skarsgård as Jim Whitlock, Jacqueline McKenzie as Janice Higgins, Aida Turturro as Brenda Kerns, Cristos as Boat Captain, Daniel Rey as Helicopter Pilot, Valente Rodriguez as Helicopter Co-Pilot, Brent Roam as Helicopter Winch Operator, Eyal Podell as Boy #1, Erinn Bartlett as Girl #1, Dan Thiel as Boy #2, Sabrina Geerinckx as Girl #2, Tajsha Thomas as Friend of Janice, Frank Welker as Parrot Noises (voice)
The story is familiar - genetic tampering makes sharks brilliantly intelligent - and they want nothing more than to eat people. Along the food chain are Samuel Jackson, Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, and Michael Rapaport. But most notable is rapper LL Cool J as a cook/preacher who provides much-needed comic relief to the proceedings.
Burrows and Jackson are also fun (with Burrows redeeming herself for the debacle of Wing Commander earlier this year), and a mostly clever and zippy script keeps the film alive. Director Renny Harlin seems to be back in decent form, too. And the CGI sharks are awfully well-done, with some of the best biting-a-person-in-half sequences ever put on film, he said, only slightly sarcastically.
Ultimately, Deep Blue Sea lands somewhere between The Abyss and Leviathan in the pantheon of underwater monster thrillers. It's not great and it doesn't suck, but it'll get your date to jump into your lap, and that's really what a movie like this is all about, right?
Burrows says, "Pull my finger."